Things I Think
1. Few things annoy me more than when someone identifies as a “Jewish Christian” or some derivative thereof . Judaism and Christianity are two distinct faiths, you are one or the other. If you are of the Jewish race, then labeling yourself a “Jewish Christian” is still as silly as if I identified as a “Native American Christian” (I’m 1/16th, you know)…who cares? If your identity is anywhere but in Christ you’re missing what it means to be a Christian in the first place.
2. I’ve sat in front of the computer for quite some time attempting to gather my thoughts on how it can be that protecting children from child abuse is of primary importance everywhere in society except the church. I simply can’t get my head around it.
3. In Protestantism, the use of the pulpit in church architecture was intended to emphasize the central place of the Word in our worship. What it’s become is the symbolic fence that separates clergy from laity and from both blessing and accountability from those being taught. The more each side agrees the stay behind the fence, the worse the problem becomes.
4. The hipsters over on Facebook are having fun mocking the videos that the company provided that look back on your time spent on the social media giant. Just for the record…I loved them and I loved looking at those of my friends. Most of them weren’t cool…they simply showed that we love our families, our pets and our friends and that we have more common ground than differences. They lacked witty repartee and edgy social commentary…and I missed neither one.
5. As aware that I am of the rank idolatry and abuse in American evangelicalism, I’m more aware that there are multiplied thousands of great pastors faithfully shepherding their flocks. I’d like to tell their stories…if you have such a pastor, write it up and I’ll publish it. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
6. I think I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again after teaching Titus 3 last night…the Protestant church has really missed the mark when it comes to the importance of works…
7. My greatest defense of the faith should be the life I live in front of skeptics.
8. When was the last time you repented of something?
9. When we run stories like our reports on child abuse in a Philippine orphanage it’s not the leaders involved I fear…it’s their fan clubs. Once again, the biggest detriment to church discipline is in the pews.
10. Today is Sarah’s birthday. For those of you who are new here, she’s been a longtime contributor and moderator and more importantly, one of the best friends I’ve ever known. Sarah is not only highly educated, she’s well educated… she’s introduced me to so many great thinkers and thoughts over the years and my horizons have been expanded beyond measure. I won’t embarrass her with the theological Who’s Who of people she knows and has studied under…but I will say that that among all those giants, she towers above them all to me because of the life she’s lived, the character she’s shown, and the love she has given. We wouldn’t be here without her prayers and support over the years and I thank and praise God for her…happy birthday, Sarah.